It’s a sad statement on society when we have to issue advertising campaigns to remind people to treat their fellow human beings “with courtesy and respect.” But whatever, I’m not going to complain! This rad ad campaign by the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights is the first-ever campaign to focus on treating trans folks with the same dignity and humanity that everyone deserves. There’s a bunch of other ads with trans men and women sharing the so-totally-normal-they’re-practically-boring stuff they like to do, like “listening to Adele” and “playing basketball.” Other human beings — they’re just like us! [ColorLines]
Twelve years ago, Massachusetts inmate Robert Kosilek sued the state for the right to a sex change. Convicted of murdering his wife in 1990, Kosilek is serving a life sentence, and claimed that the surgery was necessary to effectively treat gender dysmorphia. After two lawsuits, U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled Kosilek was entitled to a sex change operation because it was considered a “serious medical need.” Keep reading »
Androgyny is in. From supermodel Andrej Pejic to gender-neutral parenting articles, the media can’t get enough of us non-binary (“boy” or “girl”) folks lately.
But is not identifying as male or female really about androgyny? Is being elsewhere on the gender spectrum the same as being gender neutral? I look at pictures of Pejic and I wonder if I’m missing something everyone else sees. It’s hard to recognize androgyny (showing characteristics of both sexes) in a person walking down the street in five-inch heels, short shorts, and a flowing top, blonde locks perfectly coiffed Marilyn Monroe-style. The same is true for us average non-binary folks. Many of us identify, like Pejic, as neither male nor female, yet our gender presentation is not neutral either. Trying to get us into that box takes a lot of squeezing, tugging, and tucking.
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“I’m very early on in my transition – I still blur a line – but I know the changes are going to be coming, and I fear how [my wife] is going to interpret them and whether that will affect if she’s physically attracted to me is terrifying. But ideally you marry someone because you hope that they’re your soulmate, and that’s something that’s beyond gender.”
– Laura Jane Grace, lead singer of punk rock band Against Me!, who has been taking hormone replacement therapy for almost two months and is preparing to undergo gender reassignment surgery to transition from male to female. Since divulging her lifelong secret to Rolling Stone back in May, Grace has been met with positivity and support from her bandmates, fans, and most of her family, although her father has effectively severed ties. Grace’s wife Heather remains by her side. We wish Laura Jane the best as she continues her journey. [The Guardian]
Google has launched a new campaign, Legalize Love, which hopes to end discrimination against homosexuals. At the Global LGBT Workplace Summit on Saturday in London, Google executive Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe introduced the campaign, sharing Google’s goals to “[develop] alliances with local companies and [support] grassroots organizing efforts in [other] countries.” The purpose of the campaign is not about necessarily legalizing gay marriage, but is more focused on supporting LGBQT workers in countries where homosexuality is criminalized. Keep reading »
Earlier this year, Laura Jane Grace of the band Against Me! came out as transgender in a revealing interview with Rolling Stone. Since then, Grace (formerly known as Tom Gabel) and the band have been touring the country — with Grace’s wife Heather and daughter Evelyn in tow. MTV caught up with Grace on the status of her transition and how life is different — and better — since she made her trans struggle public. Keep reading »
Hmm. Actress Chloe Sevigny, no stranger to transgender characters (see: “Boys Don’t Cry), says she “cried every day” while getting fitted with her prosthetic penis to play a transgender hit man in her new TV series “Hit & Miss.” The show has Sevigny playing Mia, a pre-op transgender hitman, and the character’s genitalia deeply upset the actress. “I cried every day when they put it on. You know, I’m ample-chested and I have this on. I felt very exposed, and it was hard, very hard, having people so close to your personal parts anyway — who you’re not sleeping with — for an hour-and-a-half each day, to put it on,” she admitted to The Daily Telegraph. Keep reading »
In 2007, Against Me!, a punk rock band from Gainesville, Florida, released a song called “The Ocean.” In his trademark melodic growl, lead singer Tom Gabel sang the following lyrics: “If I could have chosen/I would have been born a woman/My mother once told me she would have named me Laura/I would grow up to be strong and beautiful like her.” In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, Gabel reveals a secret he’s been keeping all his life: he is transgender, and those lyrics were autobiographical. From this point on, he will live as a woman. His new name? Laura Jane Grace. Keep reading »
Chloe Sevigny: I got reamed out by The Advocate the other day for saying “tranny.” I guess I referred to [my character] as a “tranny” a couple of times and apparently, that’s a no-no in the community. I felt really bad! Nobody had ever told me. Did you know that?
Huffington Post: I just know that now because I think Blake Lively also said that recently …
Chloe Sevigny: Oh, so there’s been some uproar. Reee-donkulous. You can’t say anything anymore.
– Chloe Sevigny is the latest celeb to get spanked (not in a good way) by the Political Correctness Police. Chloe will be playing an Irish transgender assassin in a new miniseries and referred to her character as a “tranny.” However, “tranny” is not a word that the transgender community would like to be known by — although lots of otherwise queer-rights supporting folks, like, Chloe, didn’t get the memo. In fact, I didn’t get the memo until recently, either. You live, you learn.
So, I wish that once Chloe learned that the word she used is not preferred, her attitude had been more gracious and respectful. One hundred years ago, she might have been called a “broad” or a “dame” and some dude might be calling her annoyed response “reee-donkulous”! [Huffington Post]